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Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center

Recreational Therapist (CTRS)

Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center


Job Summary

Assists with planning, organizing, and directing medically-approved recreation programs for children in the Skilled Nursing program by performing the following duties.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assesses children’s needs through observations, medical records, GRST assessment, and talking with other healthcare professionals, and the children’s family.
  • Plans and implements therapeutic recreational activities for skilled nursing patients that meet their needs and interests.
  • Records, tracks, and analyzes the child’s progress through documentation daily in electronic medical records and CERT and GRST assessments.
  • Evaluate interventions for effectiveness and adjust as needed.
  • Develops and maintains a constructive and ongoing rapport with children and parents.
  • Assists, and plans as assigned, special guest/volunteer visits, and special events at the Nursing Center.
  • Assists with transfers and ambulation of children.
  • Reports all changes or observations of children’s condition to the nurse.
  • Assists with personal care needs including assistance with diaper changes/toileting along with providing hygiene or grooming assistance to patients.
  • Implements behavior modification program.
  • Dons/Doffs assistive equipment and devices.
  • Assists children during meals and nap times.
  • Leads group Bible study and/or prayer as assigned.
  • Collaborates with other members of the Recreational Activity Team to ensure the department is fostering a therapeutic and educational environment that is consistent.
  • Collaborates and consults with Therapy Center therapists and nurses to determine a holistic treatment plan and recommend or make changes based on individual observations and evaluations.
  • Maintains a clean and tidy room, and cleans and sanitizes equipment and toys consistent with health and safety standards.
  • Delegates tasks to Nurse Techs as needed.
  • Participates in department quality improvement activities including, but not limited to, departmental training, routine staff meetings, and routine one-to-one meetings.
  • Attends meetings, and conferences, and participates in other activities to promote professional growth.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Degree in Therapeutic Recreation or other related field from an accredited institution. Pediatric experience preferred.

Computer Skills

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have basic computer skills and the ability to learn new software and web-based applications such as electronic medical records.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification is required. Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider with skills testing certification required.


  • Compassion
  • Willingness
  • Courage
  • Faith

Additional Information


Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA, FSA, Flex Dollars, Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, Life Insurance, Paid Time Off, Holidays, Uniform Account 

How to Apply




  • Date Posted: March 6, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Start Date: 05/06/2024
  • Salary Range: TBD
  • Working Hours: TBD